CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) is based on a simple principle: connecting people to their local food source. When you join a CSA you are entering into a partnership that is dedicated to bringing fresh, organic produce directly from our fields to your table each week. Members support the farm by purchasing a Farm Share in advance of the harvest. Your membership helps pay for seeds, equipment, and labor in the early season when expenses are high and income is low. In return, the farm provides just-picked seasonal produce each week beginning in June, for 18 weeks for our members. CSA members make a commitment to support the farm through their annual membership. This commitment ensures the survival of local agriculture by sharing the risk and bounty of the farm. By joining, you know exactly how, where, and by whom your food is grown while becoming an active part of the farm’s success and community.
What Do I Get Each Week?
>> A selection of organic, fresh-picked vegetables and herbs. This is not a box program. You select your share from a market style pick up that you pack in your own bag.
>> CSA News, our weekly e-newsletter, which features insights into the workings of an organic market farm and details on how to store, handle and prepare the produce in your share.
>> A direct connection to the farm and the source of your food.
What kind of and how much produce does a CSA Share include?
Members can expect to receive 4-8 varieties of produce per week, averaging 10 pounds; variety and quantity increase with the season. We grow 100 varieties of vegetables and herbs. While no two weeks are the same, an example share in August look like this: 1 bunch carrots, 2 cucumbers, 1 garlic head, 1 head lettuce, 1 bunch onions, 2 pounds tomatoes, 2 pounds summer squash, 1 bunch basil.
How much is a CSA Share?
Farm Shares are designed for 2-4 people (one size only) and cost $470 for 18 weeks of produce. A $200 deposit secures your space in our CSA program, with the full balance due by May 1, 2021. If you need to make different payments, please contact the farm and we can work out a personal payment plan.
What is the timeframe of the CSA Share?
Our CSA Program is 18 weeks, from June 10 to October 7, 2021.
When do I pick up my share of the harvest?
Thursday’s from 3 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. only.
What other Local Food Shares can you purchase as a CSA member?
Okanogan Producers Marketing Association (OPMA) Organic Fruit
We partner with OPMA to offer certified USDA Organic, peak-of-ripeness cherries, peaches, plums, apricots, pears and apples that can’t be reliably grown on the Western side of the Cascade Mountains. Fruit shares begin in July and go through the end of the CSA season (12 non-consecutive weeks). This is a true CSA with the OPMA growers. Each week they walk the fields and pick their fruit when it is ripe and send it to us to distribute to you! Shares are $165. You can order 1 or more with your vegetable share. http://okanoganproducers.org/farms/
What happens is I cannot pick up my share?
If you are unable to pick up your share: One time during the season, you can request to pick up a double share at a later date. If you are unable to pick up your share a second time, please invite a friend to pick it up on your behalf. If you forget to pick up your share, please email and we can figure something out. We donate unclaimed shares to the food bank the next day.
Is Carnation Farms Certified Organic?
Carnation Farms is Certified Organic. Organic produce is grown without using conventional pesticides, fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients, bio-engineering, or radiation. For more information about our organic production, please ask. We are happy to share our farming practices with you.
What is the growing season like at Carnation Farms?
The growing season in the Snoqualmie Valley is challenging and very short for many of the heat-loving crops that most people love and expect from a farm share.
From June through July, we plan to harvest sugar snap peas, radishes, salad turnips, kohlrabi, fennel and a variety of leafy greens like young chard, mizuna, arugula, lettuce, spinach, and baby kale. Lots of greens to start the season off right.
In July and August, we begin to harvest broccoli, cauliflower, spring onions, cabbage, and green beans. We keep up with our leafy greens and start to harvest summer squash and cucumbers.
Heat-loving crops like tomatoes and peppers typically ripen late-July through the first frost of the season.
In September/October, we harvest a variety of winter squash, pumpkins, beets, carrots, and leafy greens to round out the season.
How can I contact you about my CSA share?
The best way to communicate with us is via email. We do our best to respond within 24 hours. Please understand that we spend most of our time in the field (our office) and not at a typical desk. Please contact us for any reason: to change your email address, to let us know about a vacation, to address problems and/or dissatisfaction with your share, and, of course, to let us know if you are happy with your share and have a nice experience to share.
We communicate with you by email. When you become a CSA Member, you are added to our CSA email distribution list, which is secure, private, and never shared with or sold to a third party. Please read your email from us, as we depend on email to communicate important information. Every week our Farm Share Members receive a newsletter with updates from the field, information about what’s in your share, recipes, and other farm-related events.
Is there a risk involved with participating in a CSA?
By participating in the Carnation Farms CSA Program, you wish to strengthen the local food system in the Snoqualmie Valley. When you purchase a share, you are helping to preserve local, small-scale, sustainable agriculture. You understand that due to the unpredictable nature of the weather and other environmental factors, there are no guarantees as to the amount or variety of produce you will receive on a weekly basis. You also understand that you are responsible for picking up your produce on the day of distribution and that missed pickups are forfeited. Refunds are not available once payment has been made.
If you any further questions about the CSA, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.